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Auction 96, Lot 569

"Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the extensive territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the countries of the Chactaws", Bartram, William

Subject: Travel

Period: 1793 (published)



5.2 x 8.3 inches
13.2 x 21.1 cm

First Irish edition of this famous narrative by the American naturalist William Bartram. Based on travels between 1773 and 1778 the narrative recounts his four year odyssey exploring the American Southeast and the plants and wildlife he encountered. He also describes his contacts with various Indian tribes including the Creek, Cherokee and Choctaw. Includes copperplate engraved illustrations of plants and animals and a map (9.5 x 5.5") titled "A Map of the coast of East Florida, from the River St. John southward to near Cape Canaveral." An important work on the American wilderness, it had great influence at the time and is a cornerstone of any American travel collection. 520 pp, seven plates, frontispiece portrait of an Indian chief and the map. Rebound in beautiful period style binding in full embossed calf with raised panels and gilt title on spine and marble paper endpapers.

References: Howes B223b; Sabin 3870.

Condition: A

Light toning throughout, map with tear in margin (repaired with archival tape) else fine.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 9/12/2001